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Tuesday 20 December 2011

GC Couture Wedding Cakes!

 Victoria cake by GC Couture

GC Couture, the team behind Cheryl Cole’s extravagant birthday cake, can add another skill to their talent as they have launched a brand new division of luxury wedding cakes.

Whether you choose cupcakes or opt for a four-tier cake for your wedding, every bride knows it’s not just the taste of a wedding cake to consider but the style and design too.  GC Couture has a selection of bespoke cakes that are unique, fresh, stylish and memorable. 

 Diana cake
  Catherine cake detail

The collection ranges from simple and classic to extravagant and decadent styles and with over 24 flavours to choose from including red velvet, chocolate and orange and fruitcake ‘without the bits’ brides will be spoilt for choice!

Mary Sinclair, founder of GC Couture, said: “The GC Couture 2012 collection has been individually and creatively designed around the style and genre of the Princesses of our time.

 A lovely collection of cupcakes from GC Couture - yum!

Each cake will attract brides looking for something different: whether art deco, classic or vintage, our collection has something to catch every bride’s eye.”

The cute packaging and cake icing designs certainly caught my eye!  I love the attention to detail which always makes cupcakes stand out from the rest. If you are looking for a sparkling showstopping design or pretty vintage style then you have come to the right place. Where some cupcakes fail to hit the spot, GC Couture have got it in one. I’m a sucker for decorative accents like the butterfly or star cut-outs and sprinkles, all tastefully done.

 My favourite of the bunch, from (l - r) chocolate, vanilla, lemon and fruitcake "without the bits"

I adored the red velvet cupcake, which is always a favourite of mine.. But the option which I wouldn’t normally choose for a wedding was the chocolate and orange flavour. This cupcake was moist, chocolately and not overloaded with icing just how I like my cakes!

 I love the decorative accents on the cupcakes like the stars, glitter and sprinkles

My fiancĂ© is a big fan of fruit cake but I’m not such a fan of the “bits” so you can imagine my joy when I realised that GC Couture had answered my prayers and have created the cupcake “fruitcake without the bits” – perfect for fussy eaters like me and tasty too!

So now every bride can feel like a princess with these show-stopping cupcakes, guaranteed to add the wow-factor to your wedding day!

For more wedding cake styles and designs from GC Couture visit their website here

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Malia Obama Nearly As Tall As Dad!

 Malia with her sister and Dad, almost as tall as her father!

Do you remember the famous picture of President Obama, his wife and two little daughters in their family photo portrait?

 The famous family portrait of the Obamas

Well they are not so "little" anymore! Malia Obama, 13, is almost as tall as her parents!  At the moment, she is 5'9, her mother Michelle, 5'11 and her father the president 6'1.

The president even joke about his daughter's height during a speech last July saying, "Even though she's five-nine, she's still my baby."

 Loving the blouse and those biker boots Malia!

I love these photos I found of Malia, her outfits are really cute, she is obviously well aware of the fashion trends (polka dots, biker boots, pussybow blouses) but still dressing appropriately for her age. Go Malia!

The polka dot peter pan blouse is my favourite outfit!

Sunday 4 December 2011

H&M Christmas Campaign 2011

Figures from the world of film, fashion, art and music come together with their loved ones for H&M’s Christmas season "togetherness" campaign.

The campaign, which is raising money for UNICEF, has Bryan Ferry and his son, Tara, and Jerry Hall and her daughter, Georgia May.

Bryan Ferry and his son, Tara

Jerry Hall and her daughter, Georgia May

Check out the campaign advert below!

Thursday 1 December 2011

British Fashion Awards 2011

It was the star studded British Fashion Awards last night and there were plenty of celebs in fab outfits for the prestigious event.

Victoria Beckham, who was presented with a top honour award for Designer Brand of the Year fought back tears as she accepted the award.  She wore a classic floor-length backless gown, dark eye makeup and hair pulled back in a bun.

 Victoria Beckham

 Kate Hudson and Stella McCartney - loved Stella's jumpsuit!

Alexa Chung in a cute Christopher Kane dress

Olivia Palermo in a ruffled knitted dress - cute!

Kate Moss in a strange knitted dress - dancehall queen meets goth?! 

Abi Clancy

Kelly Brook

Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss


Designer Of The Year - Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Designer Brand - Victoria Beckham

Red Carpet Award - Stella McCartney

Accessory Designer - Charlotte Olympia

Model - Stella Tennant

British Style Award - Alexa Chung

Menswear Designer - Kim Jones

Emerging Talent Award - Accessories - Tabitha Simmons

Emerging Talent Award - Menswear - Christopher Raeburn

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator - Sam Gainsbury

New Establishment Award - Christopher Kane

BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion - Paul Smith

Friday 25 November 2011

Matthew Williamson Bridal Event

 Matthew Williamson Bridal Event

I was lucky enough to win tickets to Matthew Williamson's bridal collection event hosted by You and Your Wedding magazine.

 The staff were so friendly! I loved this girl's Matthew Williamson dress, with an amazing backless drape!

 I got side-tracked from the bridal dresses when I saw this sparkly number!

Guests were treated to cupcakes and cocktails and  Matthew Williamson's stunning debut bridal collection and honeymoon line.

 Blouse - New Look
Black skinny jeans - Topshop
Black shoe boots - New Look
Skinny belt - H&M

  My sister and I at the cocktail bar, obviously!

 Cocktail hour!

I loved the bridal collection! The dresses had richly embellished natural fabrics and feminine shapes which would look beautiful on any bride walking down the wedding aisle. 

 Asymmetric silk tulle gown embellished with feathers

The collection had a range of styles, from draped silk dresses, backless bridal dress and beaded gowns there was a dress for every bride!  Although some of the more bohemian style dresses were not my favourite, I really liked the pretty bejewelled empire lines, particularly the asymmetric gowns. 

My favourite was definitely the asymmetric silk cocktail feathered dress - perhaps dress number two for the evening reception?!

Asymmetric silk tulle cocktail dress with ostrich feather and ruched tulle waistband

Not only were guests treated to models showcasing the dresses but also Bobbi Brown makeover team, hairstylists and styling experts were on hand throughout the evening to offer tips and ideas for brides-to-be. There was also a bridal shoe collection, Harriet Wilde, independent footwear label by designer Ruth Shaw. 

 Harriet Wilde collection

I fell in love with the flower petal heel peep toes which are part of the new exclusive collection that will be launching at the end of November at Harrods.

 Cake Parlour by Eve Clark - yummy!

I loved the cake displays and flowers, which gave me ideas and inspiration for my own wedding. We were also given fantastic goodie bags full of treats such as Elemis handcream, Opi nail polish and Michael Van Clarke volumising mouse.

 Goody bag!

A big thanks to You and Your Wedding magazine for the invitation - it was lovely to view Matthew Williamson's collection and mingle with all the brides-to-be!

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Do You Know..How to Paint? Tips for Painting!

 Is this how painting is done??

The nearest thing I have ever come to painting is painting my nails, so when my boyfriend suggested we paint our home the first thought that came to my mind was *gulp* help!

Painting walls and ceilings of a room is a big job that you don’t want to get wrong. So I’ve picked up some great tips from friends, family and online DIY websites that I will share with you to get your paint job looking great:-

Before you start painting move furniture and rugs in the centre of the room and then cover with a sheet to protect from the paint and dust.

 Use old rugs or linen to cover your furniture and move out of the way

Plan what you want to paint, what colours and work systematically, starting with the ceiling, then the walls and finally the woodwork and metalwork (like radiators and pipes) that way, you wont miss bits which will show up when the paint is dry.

Don't rush your decision, take time to choose a colour scheme for your room

Paint the walls by starting at the top and work down to the bottom – working from the bottom up is not only awkward but the finish is not as clean.

For the main parts of the wall use a roller! I found out the hard way and started with a paint brush which was more tricky to handle.

 Use a roller!

Get the roller and roll it forwards and backwards along the top of the tray so it absorbs the paint but isn’t fully covered with paint.

If you’re painting on to freshly plastered walls, mix paint half with water in the paint tray so that the paint won’t absorb into the wall as quickly.

Use the roller to make elongated smooth vertical strokes to finish each section use up and down strokes to give the wall a smooth finish.

 Go for a roller to paint interior walls

If you do prefer to use a brush don’t make my mistake and use a small brush on the main section of the wall.  The bigger the brush, the more area you can cover and the quicker the job will be.

 Protect EVERYWHERE - including your hair!

Paint will go everywhere - fact! So protect everything from furniture, clothes, eyes and even your hair. I wore a wooly hat and eye goggles and that did the trick!

Also watch out for running paint! Try to smooth them out as soon as they appear.  If you leave a drop or run to dry, sand it down and then repaint the area after.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Skating with Superdrug!

 Tower of London Ice Rink

I got in the festive spirit this evening and joined the Superdrug team at Tower of London ice rink where I got to skate, view the exclusive Superdrug winter skincare range, drink mulled wine and mingle with other beauty bloggers!

Me and the lovely bloggers, PinksweetSz and London Beauty Queen

The Tower of London, one of the most iconic landmarks in London, is the perfect location for an ice rink and I got to take in the scenes of the Tower and sip on one of  my favourite Christmas treats - mulled wine!

If you are looking for Christmas present ideas or simply beauty and skincare products to get you through this winter then here are a few of my favourites from Superdrug…

There is nothing I love better than snuggling with a hot water bottle and a cup of cocoa on a cold Winter’s night so Superdrug’s Totally Lush collection is right up my street! The collection comes with a matching mug and cosy socks too. Perfect for those cold nights in!

Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve, this is definitely the season to party! False lashes are a cheap and easy way to instantly glam up a look for a night out.  I love the Studio London lashes collection, which consists of four different lashes for every occasion. Go for “winged” lashes for fancy dress, “intense” lashes for a night out, “super intense” lashes if you want to stand out from the crowd or if you prefer a less dramatic look opt for the “natural” lashes instead!

Monday 21 November 2011

2011 AMA's

The stars were out in full force for the American Music Awards show, with celebs choosing shimmering metallic outfits over bright colours and black.  Check out what the celebs wore to this event:-

Selena Gomez and Justin Beiber
Taylor Swift
Jennifer Hudson

 Katy Perry

 Audrina Patridge

  Mary J Blige


Ellie Goulding

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